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Composer and bassoonist Alan Palider was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 13th, 1959. In 1981 he received his bachelor's degree from DePaul University where he studied composition with Phil Winsor. Self-taught, Mr. Palider began playing the bassoon in November of 1982. Four months later he began studying with Burl Lane, contrabassoonist of the Chicago Symphony. In 1985 Mr. Palider received his master's degree from Northwestern University where he studied bassoon with Robert Barris. He is currently a freelance bassoonist for the Michigan-Indiana area and the principal bassoonist of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and the Whiting Festival Symphony Orchestra. He is also the assistant principal and 2nd bassoonist of the Indiana Symphony Orchestra and 2nd bassoonist of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.